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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Guardian of the Light by D. Thrush is the story of Holly, a woman in the throes of a midlife crisis, unhappy in a job she's about to lose no matter what, single after a man she was seeing returns to his ex, and co-parent to two children with a former husband that has since remarried. By day she is lonely, tired, and unfulfilled in almost every sense. But by night, her fantasies are realized in something of a parallel universe, where she has a husband who adores her and a life that feels complete. When she is put in the position of choosing between reality and her dream life - which begins to unravel itself - Holly is thrust into a crossroads with paths that lead in either direction into the unknown.
D. Thrush has written a wonderfully creative and completely unique tale with Guardian of the Light. Holly is a main character that is easy to like and understand, and the antithesis to her journey in both lives - Zarain - is a thoroughly fleshed out commander of dreams. The balance between Holly's two worlds and the decisions she is confronted with is difficult to maintain and favor (one way or the other). The element of romance is strong, but for me, it was hope that carried this book's underlying theme. Hope for all the things a person deserves, and that rarely come without a great deal of risk and sacrifice. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intelligent fantasy fiction, paranormal romance, and a bit of suspense thrown in for good measure.